TUES 18TH AUG - MON 28TH SEPT / Playhouse Gallery

GRADUATE SPOTLIGHT EXHIBITION


Amber Brown | Photography

Almundena Rocca | Mixed Media

18th August – 28th September

Amber Brown is a photographer based between Northumberland & Edinburgh. She is currently working towards her degree show, studying for the final year of BA (hons) Photography at Edinburgh College of Art. Born in Amble, Amber’s work discusses her relationship with home through a personal, social, political and cultural narrative. This sometimes takes on an ethnographic form, where recently she has focused on Northumbrian allotments. Her work is predominantly analogue-based and tends to use traditional processes; shooting with a  large format 5×4 camera or a medium format Hasselblad. From the negatives, the artist also enjoys experimenting further with printmaking techniques such as etching.

Whilst progressing with her own work, Amber has taken a strong interest in the curation and events organisation of exhibitions throughout her time at ECA so far. She is currently working as an Ambassador for Access to Creative Education Scotland, assisting with workshops in schools and other educational events. Since June, she has also been on internship as an Exhibition Assistant with Design Exhibition Scotland,  and has been a board member for ‘Bookmarks: ECA Artists’ Book and Zine Fair’ for 2019 and the upcoming event in 2020.

Awards include: Global Justice Academy Photography Competition – Single Image Winner 2018, The George Jackson Hutchison Memorial Prize 2019, Grow Wild Youth Project Award 2019, shortlisted at the Astaire Awards 2019 and of the top ten finalists at Belgrade Photo Month 2019

 

Almundena Rocca is a multi-disciplinary artist from Northumberland who recently graduated in Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art. In the last few years she has been developing her skills using a variety of materials including metal, glass, clay, wood, digital photography, pen and pencil. Often her designs will start with a continuous line drawing and then develop into a piece of 3D work. Inspiration comes from a very personal interest in mental ill health, politics, feminism and the role of women in art in today’s society.

Having worked in a number of socially engaging art projects where practice is based on the principles of collective working, diversity and inclusion Almudena has come to realise that this is the environment in which she wishes to develop her work. An environment where sharing and collaboration of an arts practice contributes to mental ill health recovery and emotional good health and well-being. She has already designed and sold a number of illustrations that are now exhibited in a space used to support young women living with anorexia and bulimia.

Almudena is currently working with a number of businesses both here and in America that create clothing that carry positive messages of mental wellbeing. Her designs have been used on sweatshirts, T-shirts and caps. In the future she hopes to develop her own brand of clothing with her illustrations and designs.

Her vibrant designs have recently caught the attention of the music industry, with singer and performer Ariana Grande seen wearing and promoting one of her distinctive T Shirts.

 

The Gallery is located on the upstairs foyer of the Playhouse 

Exhibitions are open to the public

Opening times:

Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm

and 1 hour prior to an evening event